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Sir Philip Hoby (1504/55–1558) by Hans Holbein the younger The Royal Collection © 2004 HM Queen Elizabeth II

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Hoby, Sir Philip (1504/5–1558), diplomat and administrator, was the first son of William Hoby (d. after 1532), landowner, of Leominster, Herefordshire, and his first wife, Katherine Foster. Sir Thomas Hoby (1530–1566), the courtier and translator, was his half-brother. He came from a Welsh family that settled in ...

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Magnus, Thomas (1463/4–1550), administrator and diplomat, was born in Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, the son of John Magnus and his wife, Alice. His early education is obscure, but he rose in consequence of the patronage of Thomas Savage, archbishop of York, beginning royal service as chaplain to ...

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Plantagenet, Arthur, Viscount Lisle (b. before 1472, d. 1542), soldier, diplomat, and administrator, was the illegitimate son of Edward IV (1442–1483).

The identity of Arthur's mother and his date of birth have given rise to much speculation. The editor of his correspondence, Muriel St Clare Byrne...